Mad Corners

This week on Mad Men there was plenty of drama, but, more importantly, we got to spend a little time in never seen (or rarely seen) homes and offices.  You had better believe I am always excited to see new corners of the Mad Men world!  Here are a few of my favorites from the episode “A Night to Remember”:

While Peggy’s sister Anita is a royal pain in the ass, I kind of love her.

"Peggy, you just don't understand the importance of using protection...on your upholstery!"
"Peggy, you just don't understand the importance of using protection...on your upholstery!"

In the scene captured above, she just got done calling her husband a “malingerer.”  The fact that this show uses words like “malingerer” makes me deliriously happy — almost as happy as that clear plastic upholstery protector on Anita’s couch.

Harry Crane’s office has one important addition now that he’s head of television:

"Listen, watching TV is part of my JOB.  It's called being HEAD OF TELEVISION."
"Listen, watching TV is part of my JOB. It's called being HEAD OF TELEVISION."

A wicked awesome TV set! Yeah, old Harry can just kick back and watch his stories now, just like an important businessman. Unrelatedly, does anyone have a clue about that red pod-shaped thing on his desk? Pencil holder? Ashtray? Art?

We spent a hilarious scene in Peggy’s office, where she awesomely pretended to be her own secretary (a trick I may have been known to employ myself, though if pressed I will admit nothing):

"Fucking Church Ladies."
"Fucking church ladies."

One thing we can learn from observing this phone call is that it is not advised to fuck with Peggy.  She WILL hang up that phone in a less-than-gentle manner.  Also, one is not obliged to smile on the phone (though, on the other hand, we do hear later on that some men believe in combing their hair before a phone call, so who can say). Peggy may not have Don’s beautiful furniture or Mr. Cooper’s Rothko, but check out the Spam poster behind her, eh?

And OMFG, we get to hang out in Joan’s living room!  I know!  Let’s call it the Pink Palace:

"Screw bon bons.  I'm reading my scripts and drinking my whiskey."
"Screw bon bons. I'm reading my scripts and drinking my whiskey."

Joan RULES that place.  She’s not bothering with any domesticity, and is in fact waiting for her fiancé to bring home some Chinese take out (some of which will inevitably wind up as leftovers in that glorious deco refrigerator).  Dude, Joan is not even setting the table, you feel me? She’s got whiskey to drink and scripts to read.  I am in the process of making Joan my TV mentor.

We also get a glimpse inside the spartan quarters of Father McStrange, who is apparently a passionate, if secret, musician:

"I am earnest, but soulful.  This will help me meet ladies right? Oh, wait."
"I am earnest, but soulful. This will help me meet ladies right? Oh, wait."

He comes home at the end of a long day of spreading godslove and promoting the church dance and just has to relieve stress via vigorous strumming.  Because, you know, the thing for which that is a metaphor would be A SIN.  Oh yeah, I said it.

And although we’ve seen the Draper’s dining room on plenty of occasions (and it almost never ends well), I had to throw in this shot for a couple of reasons.  First, I love Betty’s polka-dot dress, don’t you?

"I still do not see what is so fucking funny about Heineken, DON."
"I still do not see what is so fucking funny about Heineken, DON."

Second, I absolutely CANNOT RESIST quoting Betty’s “Around the World” dinner menu.  Here’s what she served: from Spain, gazpacho; from Japan, Rumaki; from Duchess County, a leg of lamb with mint jelly; egg noodles after the style of her German grandmother; and, to drink, a choice of Burgundy from France or a frosty glass of beer from Holland.  Yeesh!  No wonder she felt lousy the next day!

4 thoughts on “Mad Corners

  1. mel September 16, 2008 / 8:33 pm

    yeah, this was a good one. i was initially very surprised by the fact that jimmy barrett ratted don out, but then as soon as she said it i was like “of course! he was ooking all over her from the moment he saw her!” that was a really strange moment when birdie smashed up that chair too…she hasn’t been seeing the shrink lately, huh?

    the priest seems to totally have a crush on peggy, lol @ your strumming comment, that was too funny.

    i was sad to see joan lose her new job so quickly, i was almost expecting a peggy-like ascent into the new television department since she seemed to be so good/insightful at that job, but then i guess it’s not really very joan-like to be that…ambitious. though she seemed to be silently seething when crane told her to get the new guy (obviously a no talent hack) up to speed and her services were no longer needed. but it’s possible that she was just mad cause now she doesn’t get an advanced peek at her stories. i thought sterling was too happy to put her back in her place. fucker.

    i DIED when she said malingerer! i have a client who decided he was crazy and wanted to be checked for competency (the first clue that he is perfectly competent) and two doctors came back saying he was a malingerer. i had to explain to him what that word means. my explanation (when client insisted he still wanted to present a “mental health defense”): IT MEANS YOU’RE A BIG FAT FAKER!!! DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THAT’S NOT GOOD FOR YOUR DEFENSE?!? oh clients, you keep my job so interesting!

  2. Alfina the Vague September 17, 2008 / 3:19 pm

    And I’m dying laughing at your client. Poor guy! Heh.

    Anyway, yeah, I was a little disappointed for Joan, too. It’s hard to tell whether she was mad about the loss of the job, or about missing the fun of it. She did seem to enjoy the importance of the new position when she was talking about it w/ the fiance.

    I also liked the end-of-the day scenes with Joan getting undressed and Peggs in the tub, both of them pissed off. Heh.

  3. pea September 23, 2008 / 1:13 pm

    I think the red thing could be a clock or a clock radio?

    I truly adore this show.

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